Introducing Day Paper Crafting Retreats

Sometimes, you just need to take a day in the country for yourself. Use a vacation day to enjoy the crisp, fall air and sights around the pond at Cattail Retreats. Maybe October 21st is the perfect day for your one day retreat in the woods.

Here is the view from the craft room…the bright light in the greenery is the pond.

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Here is what you will feel like after your day in the woods retreat…

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Here is what you might accomplish with your afternoon free time (if you are a sewer:).

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These photos are from the August weekend retreat with friends Dawn and her daughter Portia all the way from South Dakota, Katrina, Pauline and Me. I am sporting my new pajama pants that Dawn helped me sew.

Our day retreat starts with a Card Buffet or Scrapbook with Me session or sign up for both activities. A seasonal lunch will be provided. Then, use the afternoon to work on your own projects. You will get your own table to spread out on for the day.

The event starts at 10am on Monday, October 21st and ends at 6pm. It takes me 30 minutes to drive to Cattail Retreats in Poynette just to give you an idea that it’s an easy commute up the interstate. The house is about a mile from the interstate so easy to find.

The cost depends on the activities you sign up for. Card Buffet only is $40. Scrapbook with Me only is $45. Sign up for both activities and the cost is $80. Price is per person and due to me by October 7th so I have enough time to prepare projects and reserve the space.

The website for Cattail can be found by clicking here.

Interested in retreating with us for the entire weekend? We arrive on Friday, October 18th after 10am. You can stay through Sunday 3pm or add the extra Sunday night and day retreat on Monday. Contact me for details. Thanks!

Additional day retreats are Saturday, November 9th and December 7th. Arrive after 8:30am and depart by 5pm. Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the retreat date.

Thanks and hope to share a day retreat soon with you!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Australian Snail Mail Delivery!

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Was I surprised when I received this card from Tracy! So much more surprised because she lives in Australia! It was a happy snail mail day!

Here is how I arrived at getting snail mail from Tracy. Stampin’ Up! convention gathers demonstrators from all over the globe. It is one of the perks of attending Onstage. During the 30th Anniversary Stampin’ Up! celebration in Orlando, we had a meet and greet with fellow demonstrators that are part of a facebook group I co-admin. We are all direct to Stampin’ Up!.

Tracy had traveled all the way from Australia to attend convention and took me up on my offer to attend the meet and greet. We have been conversing via Facebook since convention. She also is a hop stop on our monthly blog hop. Click here to zoom the current blog hop featuring a bling spotlight. You will hop all over the world without leaving the comfort of your chair including to Tracy’s blog.

Thanks Tracy for the happy snail mail! Looking forward to our continued friendship and shared support of our love of all things Stampin’ Up!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

Scrap Nut Make-n-Take

Spent yesterday hiding in air conditioned coolness with these ladies. Scrap Nut is The place to set up your paper crafting supplies and work for hours. I generally use the empty table space to prepare card making kits for my senior sessions. I also bring my rug hooking but that’s too hot of a hobby for the summer.

I provided a make-n-take and here is what they created. Some opted to stamp flowers on the yellow side. While others picked the already colored birds on branches side. Faceted gems for the flower centers were a hit too.

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Enjoy sharing your make-n-take and looking through the new catalog! If you need help with your shopping list, send me a message or click Shop Now on the right side of my blog. Thanks!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

New Catalog Products Sneak Peek Here! Centrestage Edition

Stampin’ Up! hosted demonstrators for an evening of Centrestage Leadership and a day of Onstage stamping fun during #minneapolisonstage2019. Other events were located around the world simultaneously. I’ll be sharing photos from both events in the next few blog posts.

I first had to meet my nephew since I was staying at his place. Hotel Nephew was spacious and quiet. Drew was elsewhere while I camped out. I left a little something gift bag for letting me couch surf.

Then I was off to navigate the streets from Edina to Minneapolis Convention Center. Thank goodness for my British accented siri since it’s been many years since I have visited the Twin Cities in this area.

I just happened to be walking by when the convention center sign flipped to welcome us. The downtown skywalk system in the background helps navigating between buildings in all seasons.

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Tulips blooming in the Minnesota snow outside the convention center were so pretty reminding me to take life as it comes, thriving through each challenge.

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almost to the gathering area..

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Registration staff were right inside the main doors and greeted us with this awesome bag!

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Now imagine about 23 tables set for Centrestage Leadership waiting for us close to the stage…

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We could have had our Desserts First! All were delicious. The cinnamon cupcake with the straw curl and the lemon meringue were my favorites.

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Buffet options including cauliflower puff cakes, quinoa salad, apple and craisen coleslaw, jerk chicken, cajun chicken, green beans and roasted potatoes. There were a few more options I did not sample. Yum!

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A special gift for Centrestage attendees had room to tuck a punch inside. It is more of a currency purse with inside pockets on both sides and room in the middle. The purse has both weight and texture that feels like pampering:)

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We had some business talks before and after dinner easing ourselves into stamping mode. Thanks for a great Centrestage Leadership!

I’ll be posting more about Saturday’s events so stay tuned!

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P.S. We got our copy of the new annual catalog! We are only allowed to show the cover online. Attend the Card Buffet April 24/27/28 to see it in person!

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ISO Senior Living Sponsors

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Hello Super Awesome Stampers!

I visit senior living communities during the first and second weeks of the month. Residents gather in the activity room. I distribute greeting card making kits along with punched shapes and bows already attached to glue dots. We chat while assembling the cards. Sometimes we use the glitter glimmer sheets which is always a hit!

Sessions are more like art therapy. I talk about the fun color names and punches used.  The gorgeous ribbons provide visual and touch sensory experiences. I travel with assorted greetings and an ink pad so we can customize all occasion cards to the sentiment the resident wishes. The butterflies shown in the photo above will be featured in the May sessions. Bunnies are on the April designs.

I visit all care levels: independent, assisted and memory care communities. If I am able to speak to an activity director on the phone and secure a session commitment, I am usually booked for return sessions. Not everyone that is interested in a session is able to book one due to limited budget. Would you like to sponsor a session at a community in your area or where a family member or friend lives? Just let me know where you would like me to visit. I’ll call the activity director to offer a sponsored session. Sponsorship is easy with one simple cash or check donation from you.

I visit communities in the Durand, Eau Claire and Menomonie areas during the first week of the month. I’ll be criss crossing the Madison area and surrounding burbs during the second week of the month. I travel within an hour’s time from these areas and also visit communities along the interstate heading north of Madison on my trip up to Durand.

The residents really appreciate me visiting and I enjoy visiting the residents. The senior living sessions have been a part of my business for over 5 years. So I am experienced with leading the sessions and working with resident abilities or limitations.

Thank you for considering to sponsor a session. Please contact me if you or your company would like to sponsor a session. Have a super awesome day!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley